That woman up there was shot and killed in Austin, Texas last week, and was then disrespected by the local police and media afterwards.
Monica Loera was a 43-year-old trans woman shot and killed on her own doorstep becoming possibly the first known trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2016. JonCasey Rowell has since been arrested in connection with the murder.
But the local police identified her as “David Loera” and called her “him”, even circulating an old driver’s license photo to media outlets rather than any other current picture of Ms. Loera.
TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts first reported the story and said one of the reasons that it didn’t make national news — trans women have an incredibly high risk of being murdered in this country and around the world simply for being trans — was because “the trans victim was misgendered by the police and subsequently the local media.”
It wasn’t “David Loera” who was shot and killed, it was Monica Loera and she deserves the respect in death that she was not afforded in life.
Say her name.